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Friday Poll: Are You Buying the Samsung Galaxy S4?

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After a full night’s rest, is the Samsung Galaxy S4 still on your mind? Have you had a chance to decide whether or not this is going to be your new phone? Was the Broadway musical-of-a-show enough to get you ready to ditch your current digs in fav0r the “Next Big Thing?”

I’m still personally trying to wrap my brain around what seemed like 50 new software features, but overall, came away mostly impressed by everything I saw last night. The phone feels amazing in hand, somehow manages to look better than its predecessor even with so many similarities, and has enough new tech inside to get nerds like me excited.

So, as is customary around these parts whenever a new phone is released, we have to ask – are you buying the Samsung Galaxy S4?

And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our software and hardware tours, a comparison to the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, and a quick look at Samsung’s new Bluetooth controller.

Are you buying the Samsung Galaxy S4?

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  • friv emma

    I think the Galaxy S4 will sing on the market. And I like it because a lot of applications in that it can help me in the work

  • mikeszekely

    Let me preface this by saying that the Galaxy S4 looks like a great phone. The problem is, it’s a great phone that seems a lot like another great phone slightly updated, going to market at a time when there are a lot of great phones to pick from. To be honest, I wasn’t really a fan of the SIII’s plastic oval design with the totally unnecessary-on-a-modern-Android-device physical home key. The HTC One looks more aesthetically pleasing to me. If the Galaxy S4 offered better performance than the One, I might overlook aesthetics. Unfortunately, while I’ll concede that the final hardware might be different and better, early tests indicate that the One is noticeably faster. So, unless something changes, when I switch carriers in May I’ll probably be looking at getting a One.

    Oh, and the reason I’m switching carriers is because Verizon’s handling of the only Nexus phone it’s had has been… suboptimal. But after owning a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7, I’ve grown to like quick updates and stock Android. I’d probably have gone with a Nexus 4, but I’ve grown used to LTE speeds. I’m planning to get the One as a subsidized device for a new customer, but I expect it to be my last subsidized phone and my last non-Nexus device.

  • I have an S3, why would I buy an S4 when everything is almost exactly the same? Especially since my S3 will be getting all of the software features of the S4? Sorry, but since I have to pay full price for phones, I will not be spending a ridiculous amount of $ just for a higher MP front/rear camera, SLIGHTLY bigger screen, and basically the same design.

  • Mike C.

    I will never buy another Samsung device ever again. My GS3 was the most flimsy phone ever. The cheap looking glossy plastic that creaks and crackles every time you even squeeze it slightly. Garbage.

  • If I’m being honest, the question I should ask myself is which phone is better with a stock rom on it. The HTC One wins out with this arguement

  • Mike C.

    While the GS4 is a nice phone, I just don’t like the glossy cheap looking plastic, I know its durable but I’d take a slightly less powerful phone that pleases me in the aesthetic dept.

  • Granpa

    Nope. HTC One is my next phone. Quality > Quantity.

  • Trevor

    Meh, I’ll wait for the mythical X phone, assuming I don’t throw my GNex out the window before that. Buttonless phones (+ vanilla Android, of course) are where it’s at.

    • Dave

      I also enjoy Android the way its meant to be, no silly home buttons and ridiculous skins

  • steven sullivan

    Still love my Gnex with no buttons ,great developer support and jb 4.2.2.

  • N8shon

    I love my Note 2, and I actually use the S-Pen functionality quite a bit. The GS4 looks like an excellent phone, but I’ll be waiting for the Note 3 before I even think of selling my Note 2. That said, I know the GS4 is exactly what many people are looking for and I look forward to using some of the new software additions on my current phone.

  • ostensibly

    I think I’m over Samsung’s design language. I loved the aesthetics of the Galaxy Nexus, but I’m not at all into the current Galaxy and Note line. Dunno, maybe its the glossy sides/backs.

  • Scott in MA

    I am happy at what the S4 represents. I enjoy my SIII, but I am looking forward to the S5 in a year or so.

  • Have a GS3, so no need for an upgrade yet. If I was looking for an upgrade now, I’d probably go with the Nexus 4. If I was looking to upgrade around the time the GS4 comes out, I’d likely get it. So my “no” is qualified with a “if I needed one, yes”.

  • Strider

    I for one will pass. Never been a fan of Samsung and there over saturated colors. Not to mention the cheap plastic feeling. Loving my N4, would be perfect with LTE. I for one will stick with Nexus devices, you can go wrong with pure Google.

    • Strider

      Can’t go wrong. Doh!!

  • I probably won’t be getting one, but not because I don’t like it. It’s a great phone, but given VZW’s full price hardware policy for unlimited data users, I’ll be hanging on to my GNex until Google stops supporting it.

  • feztheforeigner

    Sorry but nothing was overly groundbreaking here so I’ll wait and see what happens with X phone, next Nexus or Note 3

  • J Dub

    How many aren’t getting because they already have the S3 or Note 2?

    • +1

    • cruzfl0w

      This. Great device but not worth the 600+ price tag coming from the S3.

  • elite

    I am shocked so many ppl are more interested in the HTC. IMO you get the same form factor with a larger screen. The Galaxy is also lighter, and thinner in the age of HUGE SCREENS. Galaxy also has a bigger battery. I do agree the construction could be better but generally most of us have our phones in a case, at least I do and always have. Samsung has sold MILLIONS of their S3s and if they were total junk because of the plastic it would be that successful. I currently have a RAZR MAXX (non HD) and like it but want something a tad faster. The screen sizes are getting out of hand though. I wish they made a 4.3/4.5 edge to edge in a compact form factor like the RAZR M.

  • Detonation

    Waiting on what Google I/O has to offer, be it the X-Phone or something else. It will be between that and the S4 probably. No interest in the One.

  • brkshr

    I’m wondering how big the S4s ROM will be. I’ll bet it’s more than 1GB. The S3s was 700+MB. I’m going to guess somewhere around 1.2GB for the S4.

  • andrew galvin

    great specs but disgusting UI, physical buttons, inability to rom with out losing key binaries like the camrea, plastic body. NO SALE

  • Jordan Graves

    I know you guys just blasted HTC for blasting Samsung but as far as percentages go there were more people who said no for the s4 than the HTC One

  • NorCalGuy

    Would rather hold out for that secret moto phone that popped up earlier this week especcialy if it comes with an unlockable bootloader

  • Ghee Buttersnaps

    Still can’t wait for the high-end Samsung Tizen phone in the fall, though.
    Probably have to move on to the “Tizen-Life” page after that.

    • Diablo81588

      You mean the iClone OS?

      • Ghee Buttersnaps

        Dude… it was a joke.

  • nightscout13

    Not innovating enough. Does not justify the upgrade cost from an S3

    • Austin Warren

      cause no new hardware? right

      • nightscout13

        New hardware does not = Innovation

  • Alexander Garcia

    It’ll either be the One, the “X-Phone”, or the next Nexus for me. I’m so turned off by Sammy’s design convention and choice materials. It seriously looks like a cheap plastic toy compared to the One, the DNA, the RAZR HD, and the iPhone 5.

  • Bionic_Pags

    Honestly, i was really thinking of getting this phone until i watched the press conference last night… don’t get me wrong, some of the new features are cool and somewhat groundbreaking however when i hear of S Translate, and S Drive, and all that other S Crap, all that says to me is bloatware… Google has had Translate for ever, Google Maps and NAV can never be substituted for another (if that’s what they did – hard to tell from the quick screen shot). Which brings me to another point, that they never mentioned Google or Android… They want to distance themselves from Google entirely and pretend they are the ones that got themselves here. Without Google and Android, they wouldn’t even exist as a smartphone… For these reasons, i cannot see myself buying a Samsung… they have become too big for their britches, as the saying goes…and i don’t want to be a part of it. I’ll wait for the next Nexus, or possibly the X-Phone..That’s right, Austin Warren… SUCK ON IT! – Rant Over

    • Tyler

      While i may not fully agree with everything you said. That last line was great!

      • Bionic_Pags

        Haha, thanks… to be fair i will wait to hold the phone in person before making a final decision, but that press conference (if that’s what they want to call it) left a sour taste…

  • JB

    I’ll get it….if I had just bought an S3 I wouldn’t buy it, and I wouldn’t be upset either….I’ve actually had my Bionic since the day it was released, which I never keep a phone that long…but this is a major step up…

  • Buckoman

    Why am I saying no? I really want to see what happens at I/O. Then my options would be more open. Not to mention the HTC One will be available, which even throws in more options.

    That, and I bought my GS3 on contract, so it really needs to blow my Bugdroid-printed socks off before I shell out up to $600.

  • John L

    Q: Why aren’t the phone manufacturers willing to: 1-Load stock Android onto ALL of their new devices and; 2-Offer their “skin” as a download from Google Play?

    • wm snyder

      if all phones were alike what would you buy this is why they do this

  • Matthew Galea

    Unfortunately wanting to maintain my unlimited plan on Verizon, I won’t be upgrading from my Galaxy Nexus anytime soon.

  • I just got a S3 so I can’t.

  • Cappa

    I can’t get down with Galaxy S4 aka Galaxy S3-S. Urgh. Highly disappointed.

  • Ryan Milton

    I’m homeless, I haven’t eaten in 6 months, I have tons of debt, but I have ALL of the latest phones, and the ones from next year too– teracore!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Don’t give an f what anyone says about the SGS4, this phone will be my next! I’m upgrading from my Galaxy Nexus so that IS a pretty substantial upgrade. Sucks for those that have the SGS3 though..oh well.

  • middlehead

    5″ screen can suck my balls. Put it under a 4.5 or 4.7″ screen in 6 months and I’ll hit it in the butt.

  • paul_cus

    Design still isn’t for me, but the screen and features will be nice. I want the Huawei Ascend P2 if it ever shows up.

    • Tirionfive

      Lol Huawei

      • paul_cus

        Yeah, figured somebody would try to heat up. Whatever, it’s the phone I want.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I love everything about the phone except TouchWiz. I think I’m going to hold out for the X phone, I’ve got the Razer HD MAXX right now and don’t have a single problem with it, but If I can get a Nexus like device on Verizon I’ll be in heaven.

  • Bmandrews7

    I’m okay with it being similar to S3 but better. I’m not coming from the S3 I’m coming from galaxy nexus and I’m ready for a little change. I will wait to see a good comparison video with HTC one. I but as for now I’m really liking the S4

  • mlbeep

    Waiting on the Note 3

  • Kevin Rees

    I could be swayed. I really do like my note2 but I could see going to a much smaller form factor for a slightly smaller screen. Im in no hurry so Ill see what else comes out. There is a part of me that really likes the sony xperia z though.

  • Ricky Whistlebritches

    I’m trying to figure what I’m going to do this year with my upgrade. Currently, I have a Droid Razr Maxx and I was all set to get the S4 when it comes out until I started reading some of your comments… I’m by no means an expert at this but I have a stock Maxx fully customized with Nova Launcher. I’ve been a Motorola guy for the last few years but if it wasn’t for the battery on the Maxx I would have gotten rid of it a while ago. I guess my question are should I get this S4 or wait for something else to come out this year and how much of a different experience would I have jumping from Moto to Samsung?

    • Austin Warren

      None, you could put Nova as well on the S4.

  • Mike

    Voted no, touchwiz is terrible! And all these “features” are useless.

    • wm snyder

      is that your final answer or would you like to call a friend?

  • Austin Warren

    Waiting for the X phone

    • wm snyder

      google said no wow factor for x phone maybe next year

      • Austin Warren

        You don’t understand.

      • A CFO for Google said that none of their current devices are wow. But what constitutes “current”? Has he been shown their next-gen devices? Is the 18 month period that several have quoted from before the merger, or after it? Does it include flagship devices, or only mid-range or regional ones like those released for Brazil last week?

        Context is everything. Also, there’s always the possibility that Motorola and Google sending out false info on purpose, which is a legitimate strategy for reducing expectations so that they are easier to exceed.

    • Diablo81588

      You lie.

      • Austin Warren

        you don’t understand either

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  • AdamJay

    I agree with others that this shouldn’t be a yes/no poll. I would like to see what else might be revealed over the next several months (my contract is up in August), but right now the S4 is definitely at the top of the list to replace my Galaxy Nexus. I love my Nexus, but I don’t see another Nexus coming to Verizon anytime soon.

    I don’t understand all of the negativity towards Samsung and the S4. Samsung pulled an Apple? Really? It has a larger screen and battery in a thinner, lighter package in addition to faster internals, a better camera, and a nice (if a bit gimmicky) list of software enhancements.

    Yes, it would have been nice if they changed the design a bit and made it feel less “cheap,” but it’s still a nice looking phone.

    It may not be revolutionary, but what do we expect at this point with smartphones? You could argue that the last revolutionary phone was the original iPhone. Every smartphone since then has been simply been an evolution with hardware and software improvements. And that’s exactly what the the S4 is – a very solid evolution and improvement over last year’s S3.

    • Tyler

      Beautifully said.

  • I am definitely considering it. My Droid Charge is just off contract so I am eligible to upgrade. I don’t know if I can hold out much longer. It seems like a waste to buy the S3 or Note2, which might be too big for me, since I know I will stick with the phone for 2 years until my next upgrade and they have been out a while.

    • wm snyder

      wait wait for it……..Key lime pie…the rest of the year will be trying to catch up

      • I just don’t know if I can hold out. I am hating my Droid Charge at this point. It has steadily gotten worse and I don’t know how much longer I can take it.

        • gokusimpson

          I’m still on my Droid X waiting for something good. Mine is older than yours, but the Charge was a disaster. Good luck

  • For the first time in my life, I have had a phone that I did not absolutely loathe within 9 months. I don’t see any improvements over my Galaxy S3 that would lead me to buy the S4, especially when I have to pay full retail to keep my unlimited data.

  • Tyler

    I cant vote in this pole because there is no maybe option. Personally I will be weighing my options seeing what everyone brings to the table before i make my decision as to what wins the spot in my pocket.
    EDIT: I got till the end of the year so im not in any rush.

    • wm snyder

      Come on man make a executive decision!(there is always a new phone coming)

      • Tyler

        I will when the time is right, I wont be getting a new phone till my upgrade is available on Verizon. I got the Galaxy Nexus the first day it came out so 2 years from that time I will get the phone I decide on.

  • Martin Espinoza

    I have the GS3. If I didn’t, I’d get the GS4. Wait, my wife has an unused upgrade. I could give her my GS3 and get the GS4. There’s a plan.

    • wm snyder

      your in the doghouse now lol

  • Rob

    I put no because there is no maybe/on the fence. I have an S3 and while the S4 has some interesting stuff, it seems like it would all be software related and could come to the S3 anyway. It just doesn’t seem like a big enough upgrade like the S2 to S3. I was really hoping for a metal body but guess it’ll have to wait (or check out the HTC One).

  • wm snyder

    i think you need to ask yourself what do want in your next phone in terms of hardware and software like how fast is fast enough camera etc.and what features in software do you want and what kind of package you want it in, style etc. i in a way think we are maxing out in android ui but i do think battery needs improved on, browsers, lte that doesn’t drain the battery and wireless rendering then finally ota without carriers involvement . so samsung tried to push innovation in software, i can’t say i blame them and someday we might have a well rounded human device.

  • M.Beg

    Fu*k plastic s4 up the ass hard.

  • Fattie McDoogles

    The phone junkie that I am I can’t honestly say that I won’t get this. I am probably going to get this. The One, and whatever else comes out this year… Just who I am.

  • Aaron17Watson17

    Would you guys mind if Samsung made the s5 with an all aluminum construction unibody, giving up the removable battery but retaining the SD card slot through an opening on the side? Flap that is. Let me know. Cuz, seriously i would love that. I don’t really need removable batteries much. Although, durability wise, i haven’t had any problems with Samsungs plastic, just the feel.

  • CoCoCalypso

    Depends on:

    what comes up at I/O
    how long it takes devs to unlock, root, and rom it.
    The price – after seeing the tech and hardware in the Nexus 4, there is absolutly no reason that these other OEMs should be charging 500-600 dollars to buy a top of the line phone off contract. I mean, come on, its still made of plastic FFS

    • Rodeojones000

      I agree with you on price. Another reason I’m not getting it, aside from the ones I mentioned below, is that I’ll be buying my next phone full-price so as to not lose unlimited data on Verizon. I don’t think the S4 is worth the $600+ price tag.

  • If it didn’t have touch wiz I would buy it. I can handle the home button, but that also does it in for me. I think it looks and operates like a great device should. I hope my nexus holds out a little longer; It’s getting beat up after having it for 2 years.

    No touch wiz.
    No home button.

    • Geoff Johnson

      Then it’s not a Samsung, lol

    • gokusimpson

      I can deal with touchwiz with nova launcher, but that damn home button reeks of 2011

      • ostensibly

        feel that way about my GN2… I still bought it but I really miss my Galaxy Nexus days of no home button or front branding.

  • prestone1

    third option- waiting till i/o

  • I have the Galaxy Nexus and a Galaxy Note 10.1. I have loved my Nexus phone. However, the lack of support through Verizon (being 4-5 updates behind at a time is annoying). After my experience with the Note 10.1, I don’t mind moving away from Stock. Without a Nexus on Verizon/LTE, I don’t want to “downgrade” to the nexus 4. So I currently plan to pick up the S4 as I feel that it would be a good phone to pick up (Its nice to have a Android phone with a good camera). Now if Google announces an unlocked LTE phone with similar features, I’d be in for that over the S4.

  • Rodeojones000

    No. The answer was no before yesterday’s unveiling and the stupid dog and pony show we saw only reinforced this for me. This is a matter of opinion, but there is nothing about this phone that I find innovative or impressive. Many of the new features seem to me to be nothing more than useless gimmicks. Additionally, I really dislike how Samsung appears to be moving further away from Android with all the S stuff (why replace industry standards like Google Maps and Navigation with your own product?). I imagine it’s only a matter of time before sMail, sMaps, sMarket, and sMusic are running on these phones.

    I will admit that a removable battery is nice to see on a new phone. SD card slots are no interest to me as 32GB internally is enough, but it is nice to have the option.

    With the exception of the Galaxy Nexus (and Nexus 10 for tablets), there hasn’t been an Android device made by Samsung that I’ve found even slightly impressive (and the Nexus devices are the result of Google having a say in design). There was no reason for me to believe this would change with the S4.

  • I’m buying the S4 and giving my wife my Galaxy Nexus. It all depends on what phone people are using now and/or if they’re waiting to hear about the “X” phone, etc..

  • flosserelli

    If Samsung had drastically altered the design, say by making it larger, then people would bitch about it being too big. If it was smaller, people would bitch about that. I am sort of surprised they didn’t go with a better material for the cover, but Samsung already stated they use “polycarbonate” because its cheap and easy to make. But even if they had used aluminum or some other metal for the back, people would bitch about it being too easy to scratch and too expensive to replace, etc, etc. Samsung could make Touchwiz print money and people would bitch about that. My point is, no matter what Samsung chose to do with the S4, some people will be unhappy and/or say it is inadequate.

    Now having said that, I don’t think the S4 is enough of an upgrade for me to ditch my S3. Its nice to finally reach the point that last year’s phone does not feel outdated.

    • Tim242

      The only thing polycarbonate is the rim. Their backs are not.

      • flosserelli

        Regardless if its the rim or the battery cover, the S4 still uses polycarbonate somewhere. Samsung could plate the whole thing in 24k gold and some people would still have a problem with it.

        • arturo_bandini

          Too heavy.

        • too gold colored

        • EvanTheGamer

          What if the S4 made bacon? Would people have a problem with that? Hey now…everybody loves bacon!

          • Dane Carpenter

            I’d complain that I have to keep replacing the cover all the time from me eating it.

        • It really depends on the thickness and type of the polycarbonate, in addition to the finish. Many people feel that Nokia devices, also polycarbonate, are solid and well-made, while the Samsung devices feel “cheap”. Perception is everything, but there are ways to game that perception while keeping costs reasonable.

    • Well said. Yeah, I paid $640 for my S3 in July…which almost feels like yesterday. The S3 better last me at least a year. If not, I have the financial discipline of congress.

    • Tirionfive

      So much truth.

    • viewthis66

      well put. although for me it’s enough, if not more, to move on from my S3 and I will when the time comes.

    • EvanTheGamer

      5″ is the perfect size for any phone…anymore than that is just ridiculous especially for a phone.

      And yes, you can’t win with anyone anymore these days. People will ALWAYS find a way to bitch about something. Stupid humans.

      • sk3litor

        My sentiments exactly! S3 to s4 not make sense but this is still a super sick phone. Plus today’s gimmicks are tomorrow’s standards.

      • Justin Barrett

        You can add a line for $10/month and keep your unlimited. Just an option.

      • Many people out there feel that 5″ is ridiculous for a phone, and prefer 4.3-4.5″ screens.

        And yes, I added this comment specifically to be ironic regarding your second statement.

      • SGS4-TheNextBigFlop

        Unlimited is not a big deal after you loose it. I felt the same way and got a DNA. Now you just don’t care and use Wi-Fi. I share 4GB across 4 lines, and use to use 8GB myself on Unlimited data

    • paul_cus

      Very good point.

  • Robert Delaney

    Wait for NXT and google I/O 2013

  • Kevin McDole

    I think we already know where I stand.

  • M.Beg

    Say NO to plastic phones

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    • Tirionfive

      So when you get your aluminium body HTC one, you will put a plastic case on it, making the exact same feel as any galaxy device?

      Logic fail.

    • Tim242

      And you say yes to plastic cases…

  • I know this is going to sound hoity toity… but none of the new features add anything of value to my current SGS3 experience, and now it’s being said that a lot of these features are going to be OTA’d at some date to the SGS3.

    The only thing I think might be something I’d really want is the 13MP camera. That’s a PROPER point and shoot. Although I hope they worked on improving the digital zoom.

  • Dave

    I applaud Sammy for their creativity and constant pushing of the envelope, which other OEM are failing miserably at. But I think we’re at a point where nothing (Xphone or Nexus included) is going to knock you out of your chair when it launches. Smartphones today are fast, clear, and do just about everything you can imagine. I, for once, am content with what I have (GN2) and see really no need to upgrade to this or any device in the near future.

    • New_Guy

      Maybe not this year. But when the tech for flexible screens is ready for market, that will be the next true innovation.

  • bassman418

    For me the next big thing will be the Note 3. I absolutely love my Note 2. But a higher resolution screen, IR capability and maybe more edge to edge display ( a larger screen on same foot print or same screen on smaller foot print ) I dont mind the touch wiz cause im running jelly ‘beans’ 11 and love it. I get the only part of touchwiz I really want.

    • Tim242

      The Note 3 will have a 5.9″ display. No way that fits in the same footprint.

  • C-Law

    I don’t have an upgrade any time soon but I can see myself getting one off Swappa in a few months. I’ll wait for moto’s next big announcement first before I decide between the this and whatever they announce. This definitely has the HTC one beat in my mind though and as much as I love my s3,this is a no brainer

  • PopeFrancis

    Umm Nope 🙂

  • Brandon Golway

    It definitely looks nice, but I’m gonna wait to see what Google/Motorola has in store for us this summer 🙂

    • Tirionfive

      See, this is the content we need here on DL, everyone is bashing sammy for “Pulling an apple” but they don’t realize that not everyone already has the S3. I may be a bit opinionated against HTC, but that is because they screwed me with that steaming pile of crap called the rezound. NEVER AGAIN. I have no beef with any other Android OEM though.

      • Personally I love my rezound, HTC has awesome build quality but a heavy (read bad) skin. It took forever for the OTA but now it’s rooted and rom’ed on 4.2.2. It’s awesome again, courtesy of Neo on XDA.

  • h1br1d7heory

    Waiting on the mysterious “X Phone” or anything from Moto. I can’t stand TouchWiz – doesn’t matter what other specs they include.

  • DanWazz

    Not a TouchWiz fan, but the phone has some nice upgrades over the S3. I don’t understand all the hate.

    Also, if people thought the design was going to change drastically, you’re nuts. They talked up the design with the last phone, made a huge impact with it, and it’s become the signature design of all their phones. They’re not going to let that all go after less than a year.

    • Dave

      No kidding….the s3 was so successful, I’m really sure the Samsung executives thought “hey let’s totally revamp this phone from the bottom up and take a gamble this time.”

  • Tino Wallace

    Nice phone, not a huge of enough upgrade from the S3. Still extremely happy with my S3 so i’ll be holding on to it for the foreseeable future. I like the design of the s3/s4 though. Before the S3 I have owned mostly all Moto phones. I like moto phones but all of their phones designs were kinda brickish. They were rugged no doubt, but design felt kinda uninspired, so the GS3 was a nice switch. Was kinda hoping Samsung would be slightly more creative with the design of the GS4 but oh well.

  • Not buying only because Im sticking with the GN2. I’ll be happy with the software update (from Samsung or from the developer community) and the Tmo LTE support !!

  • Dave Bowen

    Not right now, I’m trying to hold on to my unlimited plan so buying at full price with a perfectly good GS3 doesn’t make sense. One question, why the Hell is Sammy trying to compete with android? S voice sucked on my GS3, why are they trying to compete with Google maps and nav? It’s stupid! With my GS3, I really don’t feel I have to root, but I think I’d root the S4 immediately!

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    • Tirionfive

      I can only hope…..

  • Jon

    HTC one or the MotoX will be my next phones. The GS3 looks to me like its based to much around the software, which is kinda irrelevant to me because I flash ROMs like everyday

  • Ned Danov

    Finger X that Moto X will have The Premium Look/Feel (as always) + goodies from SG4 (removable battery, expansion slot, BETTER CAM, etc., + goodies from Experia Z (water, dust, scratch proof, etc.)
    Nice wishes:) Hope become true 🙂

  • Rafa Sandoval

    No, waiting to see what Google will release next.

  • MichaelFranz

    For now its a pass…..but only for now. Realistically i’d like to see what Google I/O brings and if there is an X-Phone announcement. Also, all of these nice features are software, which I hope means they will eventually be seen on the GS3. If not maybe the Dev community can port them. I’m sure the GS3 might not have all of them, but it shouldn’t be far off.

    I say this all now but once it releases i will be going down to a local store to check one out and may be suckered in…really am going to try and hold out for now, see what comes to the GS3 by summer when i have 2 upgrades to burn..

  • Justin Kos

    Gnex or… Nexus5

  • shawnw1127

    Wayyy too Samsungy for my liking. Waiting for the fabled X Phone. Surely Google I/O will deliver.

  • Jacob

    It’s interesting to see how people are hating on S4.

    It’s probably because they were expecting the design of the phone to be changed like HTC did.

    However, I think the key of the S4 isn’t the design of the phone. We probably have to look at what new features and hardware they upgraded from S3.

    Honestly, it’s personal preference, but I liked S3 design, and i still have galaxy nexus.. so unless HTC One turns out to be the best phone ever when it comes out, I will be getting S4

    but i gotta say, putting s in everything is pretty lame. it’s just like apple putting i on everything

    • Tirionfive


      However I think on all fronts, the HTC One will fail. They already tested the battery life somewhat, and it wasn’t looking too good. Hardware on the HTC One is amazing, yes; but there is the lack of SD, and the whole HW button BS is annoying.

  • Arie Hoogendoorn

    TouchWiz enough said.

    • LiterofCola

      Yup. I’ll take Moto’s current UI over TouchWiz anyday.

      • Austin Warren

        You wouldn’t have said this 2 weeks ago.

        • PhillipCun

          they been toning it down since google took over… more than 2 weeks ago.

        • I would have. Motorola has, if anything, moved even more towards stock Android with a few value-add apps and widgets. They are becoming the VW of Android, they don’t have the flashiest features, but you know when you buy it that it will work just as well a few years from now as it did the day you bought it.

  • Kyle

    The fact that Samsung puts “S” before everything really shows their lack of creativity and willingness to clone Apple ways. I was really hoping for something much more exciting from phone makers this year. I’ll stay hopeful for Google I/O.

    • Rafa Sandoval

      right there with you.

    • I agree with you to a point. Samsung has copied Apple somewhat. However, the design has changed and I kind of like the S. I’m not sure why. Now HTC on the other hand…

    • Careful now, you’re going offend Austin Warren cavetroll.

    • Austin Warren

      Atleast it’s not sHealth, sVoice,sMaps,sDrive, etc. In no way did they copy apple.

  • No. It’s a great device for those upgrading from something else older than the S3 but it’s nothing revolutionary.

    As for me I’ll never buy anything other than a Nexus (unless Googlrola X phone is real). Love my GNex. Never again will I buy something with a craptastic OEM skin and the possibility of a locked bootloader (d2vzw).

  • Joe

    Think you meant to say the Galaxy S3S

    • geedee82

      It’s not the Galaxy S4, its the Galaxy 4S.

      • Austin Warren

        You failed.

        • geedee82

          I “failed” at comparing the Galaxy S4 to the iPhone 4S? Please explain.

          • Austin Warren

            Because they are completely different. Go enjoy your fruit product.

          • geedee82

            Whoa I think you misunderstand me. I’m not an apple user at all, I am hardcore android, always have been, not a fan of apple and their proprietary bullsh!t at all. I actually like Samsung, I currently own a Gnex and love it. MANY people have been making comments about how the Galaxy S4 is merely an incremental upgrade from the S3. Although I don’t necessarily agree with that sentiment due to the bigger screen, smaller frame, and HUGE bump in specs, there IS no denying that they both look extremely similar. So I was just building off of Joe’s comment where he called it the Galaxy S3S and was pointing out that he could’ve also gone with Galaxy 4S, because the iPhone 4S looked exactly the same as it’s predecessor.

    • Tyler

      No, it looks different (even though its not a radical change), it has a larger screen, a screen you can interact with without touching it, thinner design, has different more angular shape from the sides to the back (not shape looking down), and new specs such as processor, camera, battery. What more were you looking for in order to call it a S4?

      • Joe

        oh, i was at the event. i saw it. but as someone who has used both OSes extensively, you can’t be an android fanboy and bash the iPhone for incremental upgrades when samsung is now doing the EXACT same thing.

        Sure, the screen is 1.99″ bigger, not surprising as samsung thinks bigger is better = incremental. slightly faster processor that end users won’t notice = incremental. same amount of RAM = no change. upped the camera to 13MP, so what? unless your printing a wall sized poster, this doesn’t matter either. a better sensor makes a better picture = i personally don’t think this is any advancement. bigger battery, every phone that releases nowadays has a bigger battery than the predecessor = no change. So long the carriers permit it, the new software will get to the S3 = no change. sure, it looks different from the S3, albeit barely, but now it looks exactly like the Note 2.

        i’m simply saying, call it what it is. you can’t bash the iPhone for incremental upgrades, then praise the S4 which is an incremental upgrade to the S3

        • Tyler

          You still didn’t answer my question. I know its not a major stepping stone but I feel its equivalent to how a iPhone 3S/4S is compared to and iPhone 4/5. Personally I think that screen is the biggest hardware improve on the phone, just because you think the number is too big doesn’t mean anything, the S4 is equal or smaller then the S3 in every dimension. And the screen is higher resolution, and has the hovering interactivity.

          • Joe

            well then, with that said, What more were you looking for in order to call it an iPhone 5? Granted, i don’t know if you felt it was a major improvement or not but a lot of people, esp on android forums obviously, felt it wasn’t.

            I don’t see this as a major announcement and i think most of the software crap is a bunch of gimmicks. but i’m sure there are others that disagree. and i hate the plastic use on the phones. they just don’t have the weight that the One probably has and that my iPhone 5 has. If i were to upgrade, i wouldn’t be getting an S4.

            now, obviously samsung never started with the 3/3S, 4/4S naming, so i get that this was the obvious naming scheme. but it isn’t worth the upgrade from S3

  • p_droid

    Stock Android or nothin, baby.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Nothing already is Stock android.

      • Tim242

        Oh how I miss it! Less is more!

      • squiddy20

        It’s the base upon which Samsung puts all of it’s bloated crapware, “innovative features”, and horrific childlike color schemes. I wouldn’t call that “nothing”. Moron.

    • I agree, with an exception. Camera software. Stock Android camera software sucks. It blows so hard. Google needs some serious work in the software/image processing department. Samsung and HTC have figured it out, Google needs to catch up.

  • Suralin

    I shall wait for what arrives later this year. And then we’ll see what ends up being cheaper on EBay come Christmas.

    • Tirionfive

      +1. I am on Verizon unlimited data, but I am never going to buy a used phone again; verizon won’t cover it under their insurance. It’s either unsubsidized or tiered data for me….

      • Suralin

        Really? I bought my RAZR used and the Verizon rep offered the insurance plan to me. I even told him that I bought it on EBay. Is this a new policy?

        • Tirionfive

          Dunno, I bought the S3 for my brother in Dec/Nov and they said that they couldn’t put insurance on it. They said I would be able to during the open enrollment period (January) but even then, I wouldn’t be able to put on the TEC.

      • DroidzFX

        There is other insurance options and usually cheaper than Verizon.

      • C-Law

        I thought I read that geeksquad will insure used phones? I don’t know if they’ll give accidental insurance though which would kinda make it pointless

      • Famouz Starz

        Have you not ever heard of open enrollment? Well you missed it anyways it endedon the 88th . during this period you can add insurance to any lune o matter where the phone came from.

        • Tirionfive

          I don’t think you can get TEC though, According to what they told me.

          • Famouz Starz

            i just added it on the 7th TEC to my 3rd line, that phone could break today and it would be fully covered.

          • Tirionfive

            Well they told me that it would only be Standard… Freakin liars….

      • Austin Warren

        uh yes they do

  • Up2bkrzy

    Pass!!! another device being overhyped that really is nothing new. However the corp world sure has figured out how to get all the Sheep to follow along wasting $$ on minor upgrades to what ppl have already.

    • Tirionfive

      Hey, I don’t have the S3. Does that make me a sheep if I want to upgrade? I have the Gnex, and I think that this phone would be quite the device if I had it. No need for your opinionated bull here. Not everyone has the newest of the new.

      • Tim242

        Going from a Nexus, it will take quite a bit of getting used to.

        • Tirionfive

          I agree, but anything is better than this horrid battery life! I have faith in the CM team. Currently running CM 10.1 Nightlies!

          • Tim242

            I got so used to carrying the extra battery, I didn’t know how to act when I got the Note II. I like the Note II, but I miss the Nexus experience. ROM’s are out there, but limited functionality within them. Last I checked, CM and AOKP still had no working GPS and some other wonkiness. I am using a TW based, AOSP themed ROM. I miss the Nexus experience, and this Note II is too big for me. I need to take a step down.

          • Tirionfive

            Well best of luck finding the “Perfect phone”. I love the nexus experience, but I just can’t deal with this battery life. I have the 3800 MaH battery, but damn if that pack doesn’t make this phone look bad. GNote 2 is solid, but I agree: TOO BIG! HTC is out, mainly because when I upgrade I’m dropping unlimited so I need something with expandable storage. Not only that, I have a deathwish for HTC.

      • blix247

        Its not hard to fall for that screen. Its without a doubt the very best display on a mobile device. Going from the GNex to the N4, I have mixed feelings about AMOLED. I liked the over-saturation and brightness, but man those screens just drink the battery dry. The rest of the hardware is over the top too. Removable 2600 MaH battery, microSD, 32 and 64GB options, its got all the right features from a hardware perspective.

        If that screen were on a Google supported device, it would be a no brainer. But the software seems to cram in a ton of extra features, most of which I don’t like. The touchwiz interface is just fugly too.

        • r0lct

          People seem to forget it’s easy to change saturation in display settings. Just change from dynamic to normal and the ‘problem’ goes away.

      • PopeFrancis

        Samsungs crappy radios made me feel like a sheep 😉

        • Tirionfive

          Redirect your comment towards Note II owners.

          • PopeFrancis

            That would be ridiculous since the comment was meant for Samsung mobile devices in general.

      • C-Law

        I went from a gnex to an s3 and it was a huge difference! You will love the s4

        • j

          impossibe. there is no huge difference..

      • I bet he/she is just as annoying in real life too. “you all are SHEEP! even though I was one of them w/ my s3”

      • Up2bkrzy

        you obviously took the comment WAY out of context. i’m not saying every1 on planet earth is a sheep or buys new devices all the time. But if you listen to media/news about all the hype you’d think every1 is. Be that as it may to each is to there own didn’t realize an opinion is a No No here.

        That said i’m a tech freak and I do in fact buy new devices every few months as i carry 3 devices daily. I’ve had all the new Samsungs including the S3 & Note 2, Motos, HTC and I’m just not that impressed with these Samsung updates is what I’m saying. The build quality feels cheap, the reception and battery life is nothing to rid home about IMO. And as things move forward I’m just really not a fan of these phablet style devices and prefer something about the size of the Gnex/Razr HD or even smaller like the Dev edition Razr M i also have.

    • i dont think this is a minor upgrade, only reason people are saying that is cause they didnt change the over all design.

      • Tim242

        No different than iPhone 4 to 4S to 5.

    • I’m not a sheep and I want this phone. I currently have an HTC EVO 3D and I’m on the fence between the S4 or note II. Not all of us can upgrade our phones every 3 months and I’m sure the average costumer is the same way, my wife has the GS II and she wants a note for her next upgrade.

    • Dave

      You do realize that no device is going to blow you out of the water anymore? It’s just like cars, nothing is launching that people can’t absolutely live without.

      • Tirionfive

        This needs to go to the top.

      • Tim242

        The HTC One would’ve blown me out of the water with a proper camera and s-off.

  • Joshua Patrick

    Not enough to switch for a note 2. Basically smaller phone no spen, but I get IR to control the tv… I just want the software upgrade to my note2 to give me all the software goodies.

  • Kyle

    That presentation was absolutely awful. Some of the features were nice. However, it’s like an iPhone updated. Not enough new to make it seem worthwhile. Samsung also really needs to step up the materials they use in their phones.

    • Tirionfive

      I will agree with the presentation bit. and it may seem like samsung “pulled an apple” but can you blame them? If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I think samsung took this opportunity to strengthen their software, which I am sure us potential SGS4 customers will appreciate. Also, the whole plastic argument doesn’t hold water. Why? because Samsung likes to give us what we need: Removable batteries and an SD slot. You can’t do removable batteries with metal very well.

  • Tirionfive

    In my opinion, This should not be a yes/no question. People like me waiting to hear more at Google I/O etc. etc. Maybe even waiting for the next nexus. Maybe add a third “I’m waiting for more announcements/info”?

    • Richard Yarrell

      Personally i am beyond happy with my Galaxy Note 2 it’s the industry standard that everyone is trying to top today. My Galaxy S3 gets good use no doubt and i will pass on the Galaxy S4. But I applaud Samsung for bringing as usual innovative software solutions to their throng of customers the Galaxy S4 will sale far beyond any handset. These new industry leading software features that are in the S4 let’s me know how great the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 will be. That will be the grandest device of 2013 no silly stock Nexus 5 or useless Motorola X phone or boring iphone 5s/6 or Lg Optimus G pro will ever compare.

      • Tirionfive

        I agree on most points, except for the nexus/xphone arguments. Stock android will always reign superior, regardless of how many software innovations. Main point being that Samsung has awesome ideas for software, but implementation is not top notch, and their programmers need to work out the bugs in it all. No doubt the GNote 2 is stable, but from what I was watching and hearing, the S4 has some laggy/stuttering overlays. If I so choose I can go WEEKS without having to restart my nexus devices. Not so on Galaxy devices.

        • Paul

          The Nexus 4 has stutters and doesn’t perform as well as the Optimus G and DNA, so don’t think the next Nexus can’t have that.

          • Tirionfive

            Since the 4.2.2 update? I have the nexus 7 and since the update it’s back to its solid self.

          • Tojen1981

            Must be an issue with the nexus 4 itself as I’ve had no issues with 4.2.1 or 4.2.2 on my n7.

          • itznfb

            I’ve had no issues with any release on any of my Nexus devices. GNex, N4, N7, N10.

          • itznfb

            Obviously you haven’t used a N4.

          • “an N4”

          • Rodeojones000

            No, it does not.

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          • andrew galvin

            Paul.. the nexus 4 currently has the fastest processor in any phone right now. what the hell are you talking about? This thing is buttttta

          • Snapdragon 600 and 800 are faster

          • andrew galvin

            they are not out yet.

        • twisted247

          I don’t know why so many praise nexus pain Android saying it’s “far superior” is just ignorance. The note 2, s3 etc have all the options of vanilla Android PLUS way more. And if we want vanilla Android we can flash it. If you want all the benefits of touchwiz your SOL.. I’m sorry but as of today for what you can walk into a store and purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the King… PERIOD.

          As for the s4, Samsung made my decision VERY easy by going back to the model of the s3 and offering 2 different versions. Once again giving the states the weaker version. If they released the s4 with the Octa Exynos 5410 in the states THEN and only then would I consider our contimplate purchasing. Instead my money is aside for the Note 3.

          • Tirionfive

            Stock is not as stable on those devices though. Also, Note II and GSG3 on AOSP are still having problems with RIL. How do you explain that? Verizon locks their devices down, so you can’t just literally go into any store and get a flashable GNote II. TouchWiz is OKAY, but not many are a fan of it. Note II is having GPS problems on many non-stock roms. AOSP may not be feature rich, but it does a damn good job of simplicity.

      • Dave

        You just saved me a lot of typing.

      • p_droid

        Galaxy Note 2 is the industry standard? Are you serious?

        • EvanTheGamer

          Oh yes, he’s quite serious.


      • Rodeojones000

        Silly stock Android? Perhaps I missed your sarcasm.

      • Mike C.

        silly stock? Wow you’re the biggest fanboy idiot ive seen post on here

    • JDHokie

      It isn’t a binding vote. You can vote “No” and then buy the S4, or vice versa.

      • Tirionfive

        I understand that, but its a poll. I can’t honestly answer because I don’t know.

  • Still like my S3 and hope Verizon brings some of the S4 features down to the S3.

    • Tirionfive

      Good on you for not being a prick about “I OWN THE S3, THE S4 IS THE S3s” some of these people don’t understand that they alone aren’t the target audience. Always gotta have the newest of the new, and complain when the design doesn’t change drastically.


    I like the phone but I’m sick of ‘side-grading’
    I’ll be holding on to my NoteII

    • Dave

      I am content with my GN2 also. There is probably never going to be a device again by Sammy or any OEM that floors you to the point where you absolutely MUST have it immediately. Phones are so tight and high tech for everyday use right now.

      • AranelAlasse

        I definitely love my SGN2. I had the OG droid, and was “floored” by moving to a smartphone. But then I was underwhelmed by the Droid 4 I got next. It was ok, but not amazingly better. After a year, I was really tempted by the Note 2, even though I had some reservations. But once I got it, I was floored all over again. The contrast from the Droid 4 (in the areas that were “just right” for me – bigger screen, active-digitizing pen, amazing battery) reminded me of my initial switch from dumb-phone to smartphone. So I think it just depends on where you’re coming from. 🙂

  • bananatroll


    no shamesung plaxy crap for me

    • John

      This isn’t YouTube. Stop.

      • bananatroll

        uhhhh… no

    • Tirionfive

      Have fun with your user replaceable batteries and SD card in the HTC One…. OH WAIT!

      • Diablo81588

        If you have a proper battery that lasts all day there’s no reason for it to be removable. Its nice to have the option but with batteries as big as they are now its not a necessity.

        • @Diablo81588:disqus It doesn’t matter, a device with a removable battery – and a larger one at that – will always have greater power flexibility than one that doesn’t. Period.

    • Tim242

      You are probably the first to throw a plaxy bulky case on it.

      • bananatroll

        no, i do not use smartphone cases. Don’t have to with a motorola bro!

        • Tim242

          I do not uses cases either. But, to imply that Motorola screens are less likely to crack is silly.

          • bananatroll

            Its not the glass that is more durable, but rather the material surrounding the glass. For example the og RAZR has an 1/8″ of metal bezel around the glass. This provides greater impact protect than the materials and designs of Samsung.

          • Tim242

            Every OG Droid I have ever seen is full of dented sides.